38 Cheap Summer Dresses That’ll Make The Heat A Little More Bearable

38 Cheap Summer Dresses That’ll Make The Heat A Little More Bearable

Nothing to wear? Don’t sweat it. Just wear one of these.

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1.

A tie-front midi dress that’ll give your midsection a little peekaboo time.


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Promising review: “I was afraid the dress wouldn’t fit but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I’m a size 16, typically an XL in shirts and my bust is a 38 DD. I want this dress in every color! The material is amazing and is that silky material that always comes from China. The bust ties are VERY stretchy. I hope to get it in every dark color. If you go with white and yellow I’m sure it’s see-through.” —Kim

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and 27 colors).

2.

A ruffled, smocked bodice open back stunner that just might be the dress of your vacationing dreams — emphasis on the dream part.


Amazon

Promising review: “I have been wanting this same dress from Free People but it was $118. I was leery about this considering it was much cheaper in cost but it is PERFECT! I’m 5-foot-6, 116 lbs., and it fit absolutely perfect. Great length too. Keep in mind you can’t wear a bra with it and if you are larger-busted (I’m small, an A cup) then it may fit totally different. It’s thin and lightweight but with skin-colored undies, I had no problem with lines or visibility. I’m considering buying it in another color 😍” —Bullitt02797

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

3.

A ruffled and tiered babydoll dress people will think you got for way more than you actually paid!


Amazon

Promising review: “This dress is exactly like pictured. Thin, flowy material. It’s really pretty. Comes to right above my knee. I had to sew the back shoulder part tighter (I have no boobs) so it would be tighter on my chest. It’s perfect I have not a single complaint. My husband bought it for me for my birthday. He is taking me on a nice date night and I wanted to look fancy but sexy and this does that. Really happy with my purchase! It’s very flattering!! I would definitely recommend it.” —Ayla

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and nine colors/styles).


Amazon

Promising review: “So cute! The dress is exactly as pictured. Love the color. I was worried about the quality because it was so inexpensive, but it’s actually really nice and not see-through at all! Such a perfect dress for vacation!” —JP0811

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and in blue and white).

5.

A soft tie-dye maxi dress, because who said tie-dye was a thing of the past? Not me! Well, not since quarantine started!


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Promising review: “I purchased this last-minute for a weekend road trip. Loved the fit, lots of compliments! I’m 5-foot-5 and wear a size 16, ordered an XL.” —TKGRIERRRR

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 27 colors).

6.

A bandanna print cami dress designed with a tie-tassel shoulder detail, scoop neckline, elasticized waist, and a buttoned keyhole back so you’re always in style even when you’re sweating it out.


Forever 21

Promising review: “This dress is so cute and comfortable! I love the swing of the skirt. I’m taking it on my cruise.” —Raysa S.

Get it from Forever 21 for $15 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

7.

An incredibly lovely ruffled sleeve midi dress that’s a little low-cut but will work great with a lacy cami or some fashion tape.


Amazon

Promising review: “The dress is a cute spring/summer dress to put in rotation. I ordered the pink stripe dress but it’s really a very light red. I am 5-foot-2, size 4/6, hips/butt, and it was just long enough and a little loose in the waist (my waist is approx. 26.5 inches). I ordered a medium because the reviews stated the armholes and the chest area were tight. Glad I did for the chest area. It is revealing. It is a very deep V. I plan on wearing a balconette bra. Overall, cute dress.” —HCP

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight colors).

8.

A tropical-print maxi dress you can wear on your next vacation, or your next I-wish-I-were-on-vacation day.


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Promising review: “I bought this dress on a whim and was a little skeptical about it. I have never received so many compliments on a dress before. I wore it on a trip to the Biltmore Estate with my husband and in-laws and we honestly couldn’t get through the day without someone stopping me every few minutes to ask where I got my dress or to tell me how gorgeous it was. It flowed beautifully on that windy day. I’m obsessed with it, I even bought two more in different colors. I highly recommend it!!!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 37 prints. It’s also available in a 3/4 length sleeve).

9.

A festival-worthy halter dress that won’t break the bank, because, well, dress for the future you want — one where we can go outside again.


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Promising review: “I bought this dress for Coachella. The skirt is a little see-through but it’s cute, I wore a leopard bathing suit bottom under and it was sexy. The details are cute and it looks just like the Free People dress. Sizing: I wear size 6 pants, weigh 130 lbs., and am 5-foot-2. Size small fit perfectly.” —Brooke Murray

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 16 colors).

10.

A button-down midi dress so perfect it’ll become your go-to summer dress for any occasion.


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Promising review: “Adorable dress! The material is flowy and soft. Great dress for a summer outing! I usually wear size 6 and bought a medium, and it worked perfectly — 5-foot-6 and the dress hit right below the knee. The background color is navy. There are two pockets at the front — LOVE pockets! But they are made from pretty soft material so you can’t really keep much in there.” —J.Y.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-2XL and 38 prints).

11.

A super-basic sleeveless T-shirt dress — everyone needs one of these, it’s just a fact so you should stop fighting it.


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Promising review: “Great purchase for the price. Just what I was looking for! Comfy summer dress for any occasion. Being a momma, I’m always looking for things just like this. You can dress it up or down and it has pockets!! Can’t get much better. Fit is perfect for me — I’m typically a S-M (120 lbs., 32C) and it’s like it was made just for me! Armholes are a little longer than most dresses but I like that for the summer so sweat marks don’t show! Not see-through so great for any pair of comfy undies. Cute with a belt and also cute with none.” —B&E Worthington

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 22 colors).

12.

A fantastic off-center ruched mini dress that’s designed in a super soft woven fabric, a V-neckline, self-tie shoulder straps, princess seams, full lining, concealed back zip, and a flounce hem.


Forever 21

Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

13.

A flowy ruffled-hem dress you’re ::best Rick Astley voice:: never gonna give up, never gonna put down, and that’s never gonna make you cry, never gonna tell a lie, and hurt you.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this dress — it fits perfectly and it’s so adorable. The first day I wore it I got so many compliments and it was so comfortable. It was nice to wear as a dress or even a long shirt with leggings. The color is really cute too. I definitely recommend it and will probably buy more in different colors!” —Jasmine Ball

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in seven colors)

14.

A comfy and breezy T-shirt dress, because it doesn’t matter if it’s 1,000 degrees outside — and all you wanna do is eat ice cream.


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Promising review: “I am 5-foot-5, 150 lbs., and usually wear an 8/M. I ordered the medium and it fits as I would expect. It’s super basic both in style and cut but that’s kind of what I like about it — easy to throw on during summer, dress up with a necklace, and look like I actually put some effort in.” —GMLSimmons

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 31 colors).

15.

An adorable sweetheart neck mini dress casually designed with a smocked waist, ruffle hem, and in so many fun colors.


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Promising review: “This dress is soo cute and the material is great for how cheap it is! I was so impressed by the quality. I ordered a size bigger than normal and I probably could have gotten my normal size but I wanted to have it a little longer so I could wear it to work!” —Gracyn Herman

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL, in 26 colors, and in short and long sleeve).

16.

A flowy polka-dot-print maxi dress to give your summer wardrobe a classic print in the most comfortable way.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this. I’m 178 lbs. and bought a large. It fits just as the chart indicates. I want it in every color. And the pockets make it a winner!” —Cryssi

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

17.

A comfy bohemian tunic you can perfectly match with an adorable pair of strappy sandals — especially when those temperatures are blazing.


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Promising review: “Wow! This tunic dress stole my heart! I fell in love with the flattering drape and print, it’s absolutely beautiful! It has a nice flow to it and you can most definitely wear this in warmer and cooler months. I have broad shoulders (bust 37) and the large was very comfortable and roomy. It’s also surprisingly NOT as short as I thought it would be. The material is uber SOFT and came in great condition. For reference, I’m about 185 lbs., 37-inch bust, 30-inch waist, and 45-inch hips. Plan to get more! Definitely worth your $! :).” —CG

Get it from Amazon for $26+ (available in sizes S-2X Plus and in eight colors).

18.

A stunning off-the-shoulder number you’ll easily be able to dress up with heels or keep casual with a pair of sandals.


Amazon

Promising review: “I bought the dress in a size large (I’m 180 lbs. and 5-foot-6) for a cruise this year. I got so many compliments. I love it so much! Good quality, long enough for me, and I didn’t use a bra! Amazon is my secret weapon. So happy with my dress.” —Maria Durbin

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in khaki, white, and red).


Amazon

Promising review: “The perfect warm-weather dress. Purchased for an upcoming cruise and it will be a welcome addition to the few clothing items I plan on taking. The fabric looks like linen but is actually a cotton/poly blend with a bit of spandex for stretch. The top is the only part that feels stretchy. The fabric is medium weight. Not too thin or thick. I love the styling, it’s conservative yet slightly flirty. It’s like a modern twist on Little House on the Prairie, evoking a romantic innocence, without looking dowdy. The belt is a separate piece, wear with or without. I’m 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, and a size medium fits just right. The best part is I don’t feel I need to wear a bra with this dress. The top hugs well and gives me all the support I need.” —Digicabin Family

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in 3 colors).

20.

A strappy bodycon mini dress you should probably have in your closet — in the event of a fashion emergency.


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Promising review: “I am OBSESSED with this dress! It is hot hot HOT!!! It’s super comfortable!” —JJSchmal

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors).

21.

A fantastically casual faux-wrap style V-neck dress with long enough sleeves to have your shoulders and arms covered, but not so long that you can’t rock it in the summer heat.


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Promising review: “I love love love this dress. I wore it for Easter this year and got so many compliments. My ONLY complaint is the boob area. However, this was only a complaint on Easter when I would have liked to have been more modest. I had to pin the dress in the cleavage area to make sure the girls were covered. Since then I have bought another dress in a different color and am excited to wear them this summer! BUY THIS DRESS. If you’re second-guessing whether or not to buy it, BUY IT.” —Rhianna Hill

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 colors).

22.

A 100% cotton boho-inspired embroidered babydoll dress — it’ll quickly become a staple in your wardrobe rotation.


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Promising review: “I’ve worn this dress multiple times when I just need something to throw on. It is quite short so if you know you will be outside or doing a lot of sitting/standing etc., wear some bike shorts under it. Overall super cute and super comfortable! I am size 16/18 US and pretty top-heavy and the 1X fits perfectly.” —Bianca v

Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in sizes S-2X Plus and seven colors).

23.

A polka-dot back-tie mini dress that’s the missing piece to your closet woes.


Amazon

Promising review: “I figured this would just be a cheaper quality dress since I only paid $4.99 for it, but it is surprisingly great quality and fits great! The color and style are exactly as pictured. The only negative is its a little loose in the lower back area but that’s probably just my body type! I have a smaller waist and bigger hips. I normally wear a medium and got a small size. I love it! Not too short, I am 5-foot-9.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $2.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 16 colors/styles).

24.

A ruffled sleeve maxi dress you’ll look like a total stunner in with a deep-V, high slit, and wrap design.


Amazon

Promising review: “It’s a quality dress for the price. It’s lightweight and the material doesn’t feel heavy when wearing it. I ordered a large based on reviews and I think I should have ordered a medium instead. I’ll still wear it though, it just fits a little loose. I’m 5-foot-3, 155 pounds, and 36D for reference. It’s a beautiful pattern.” —Kyra

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 22 colors).

25.

A ruffled off-the-shoulder maxi dress that can be styled in a million ways — seriously, just use your imagination!


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Promising review: “I am honestly surprised at how well it fits. I am a size 6-8, pear shape, wide-shouldered. I chose a medium and it fits perfectly. The fabric is thinner than I expected but it’s not see-through. It’s very comfortable and the slits provide enough breeze since I live in LA and it’s hot out here.” —Virana K.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors).

26.

A long sleeve denim smock dress that honestly I just really love and am going to be buying it in like two minutes — so catch me out on these streets in 2021 wearing this dress.


Boohoo

Get it from Boohoo for $22 (available in sizes 2-12).

27.

A super-comfy striped maxi dress to get you through any potential family gatherings and summertime barbecues.


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Promising review: “Absolutely love the dress. I’m 5’11” and usually wear a 14/16 as my hip/thigh ratio is a bit meatier than most. The fact that this dress fell to the ground with no shoes on was fantastic. The fabric feels good, it’s not flimsy and flows very well. Did I mention it has pockets? YES!!!” —TealITGyrl

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors).

28.

A V-neck swing dress perfect for a workday filled with errands — errands and maybe a few cocktails.


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Promising review: “Ok. WTF. This dress is super cute and actually looks just like the pic. 😍😍 Do take into consideration your breast size though, mine are triple D’s and I will def need an undershirt. I’m a size 14 in women’s pants and the XXL fit perfectly! Sleeves are super comfy too.” —Maria Torres

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in three colors).

29.

A deep-V ruffle swing dress you can easily throw on over your swimsuit after a day at the beach or for a day running errands.


Amazon

Promising review: “I was initially so confused by this beautiful dress as I have never had a true wrap dress!!! Then luckily I re-checked the listing here and saw the seller’s very helpful instructions for how to tie a wrap dress and now realize that my usual size L here fits PERFECTLY. I highly recommend both this gorgeous dress and, for wrap dress newbies like me, following the very helpful guide the seller has posted!!!” —Mother of LEGOs

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 20 colors).

30.

A gorgeous polka-dot halter dress that’s just so chic you should buy it now and save it for later!


Amazon

Promising review: “First, this dress fits me perfectly. Second, the material and the seam are perfect. Third, I’ve been washing it and the color hasn’t faded because it seems the material is like silk. So I purchased a 2XL since I’m pregnant and this is the comfiest dress I’ve had.” —Christy

Get it from Amazon for $26.57+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in five colors).

31.

A flowy and ruffled babydoll dress you can perfectly pair with your favorite sandals or sneakers.


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Promising review: “Love it! Great quality and a perfect look. I am buying it in another color.” —BRANDI D WALKER

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in seven colors).

32.

An adorable lace mini dress designed with a tie back and adjustable straps for a perfect fit.


Amazon

Promising review: “This dress is REALLY pretty in person. I like it a lot. I don’t think there is any way to wear a bra with it but the material is thick enough that it’s not nec. The back is really beautiful. You must tie it right to get it to lay flat.” —Connor McKay

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 13 colors).


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Promising review: “Based on the reviews, I ordered a size up for the chest area to not be too tight but I found it runs true to size. I love the polka dots, and the style of the dress is exactly what my grandma (who was born in 1918) used to wear when I was a kid in the ’80s. The fabric is not see-through.” —CK

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 colors).

34.

A lightweight button down V-neck dress you’ll never break a sweat in.


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Promising review: “Just as pictured. Runs true-to-size. Made surprisingly well! Has an extra snap built into the inside at the bust for extra reinforcements but I’d likely take it out — the snap is bulky on me but really easy fix. I definitely recommend it! :)” —BennettMom

Get it from Amazon for $19.79+ (available in sizes 0-18 and in 22 colors).

35.

An embroidered eyelet smock dress designed in a roomy and comfy design you can layer or wear alone.


Amazon

Promising review: “I can’t say enough good things about this adorable babydoll dress!!! I am 5-foot-1 and ordered a size medium which fits perfectly. The eyelet detail and ruffles are too cute and the length works great for me. There is a liner, but I definitely suggest wearing another slip or nude undergarments. The quality of the fabric though is really great. Overall, I’m super happy with this little dress and can’t wait to wear it out!” —The Savvy Maven

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and 10 colors).

36.

A ruched long-sleeve T-shirt dress that’ll be the dress you turn to in moments of “I have nothing to wear!!!” despair.


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Promising review: “Really cute dress! The one I received is not lined but the material is soft and not very see-through. I wore nude-colored undies and you couldn’t see a thing. I’m 5-foot-2, 125 lbs., and the small fit perfectly — although it does ride up a little when you walk. If you are looking for a slightly looser fit then size up. The ruching on one side does wonders for shaping my waist and the pink color is gorgeous! The price is just right and much cheaper than other versions I’ve seen online. There are other versions from different sellers on Amazon at $20-$22 but the quality on this one is excellent and I’m glad I ordered it.” —MizLis

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in eight colors).

37.

A voluminous puff sleeve shirt dress perfect for work or home or wherever the day may take you.


Boohoo

Get it from Boohoo for $20 (available in sizes 2-14 and three colors).

Your closet can address all their thank you notes to me.


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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